Antiphon: what’s going on?

Dear Antiphon readers and submitters: we apologise for the brief pause in accepting submissions. When the editors’ lives change to being more like the bottom picture and less like the top, we will be back in business. We hope to open submissions for issue 22 in the next few weeks. Thanks for your patience!


Antiphon issue 21 super colossal thrilling situation!

… which is what I find after searching the thesaurus for a synonym for ‘Big Bang’. And this is the Considerable Outburst of excellent poetry, the newly issued Antiphon issue 21 and no fewer than 19 23 poems read by their authors (edit: new readings added!). Pull up something wet and fizzy, download the issue, put your feet up and enjoy!

(If you have trouble loading the recordings on this page, there are a couple of playlists on Soundcloud: Antiphon issue 21 part I and part II)

Antiphon issue 21: Contents

(recording is above the poem title)

Act One

Beast Killian O’Donnell

The Weather We Call Raw David Troupes

Eve Peter Lo Bianco
The day the freezer broke and all the food melted is the day Jane Burn
The Seagull Rachel Rankin

Auden in Yorkville, 1939 Chris Edgoose
Six Years Old on Her Grandparents’ Porch Penelope Scambly Schott

Living Bus 8 Douglas Jones

Act Two

Outside Holy Trinity  Sue Kindon

Drawn in Perspective  Ruth Aylett

Catching Clementine Faith Williams
Abandoned Railroad Bridge on the River John Solensten
Night Tapestry Lee Nash
I Read a Poem Today About a Spider J R Solonche

Riff: what it takes Kathleen O’Toole

A catch-all Patrick Theron Erickson

Millstone Grit, edited by Rosemary Badcoe, Noel Williams and Carolyn Waudby
Dinner at the Blaws-Baxters’, Andrew Sclater
Kaleidoscope, Mick Yates
Strawberries and Black Pudding, Joyce Mansour, trans. Carol Martin-Sperry
Dung Beetles Navigate by Starlight, Sarah Watkinson

Act Three

Sylvia’s Games David Troupes

A Bag of Frozen Kidney Beans Burgi Zenhaeusern
Meiga Elizabeth Gibson
Row Robert Krantz

“Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?” Kurt Luchs

Huddersfield Narrow Canal: Lock 26 Alison Lock

Keeping Watch Anne Coughlan

Act Four

The House Karen Dennison
Towards Sundown Jock Stein

Felling Jenny Hockey

C282Y Susan L Leary

High Thomas Pletcher

A Silent Majority Tristan Moss

Bioluminosity Jenny Martin

You are in the Hard Places Jessica Mookherjee

Afterwards Anthony Watts

Contributors issue 21


Hear those voices echo in your head

A few more readings to go along with Antiphon issue 20. By now you’ll have worked your way through the reviews, made a note of a few books to buy, and be savouring acts 3 and 4.

Or perhaps you’ll be printing it out and inserting it carefully into one of those leather covers that the most ancient TV listings mag over here fondly likes to imagine we use. Can’t imagine why anyone would want to collect that, but an entire series of Antiphon issues – that’s going to be worth money, that is. Think of your grandchildren.

Cafe Theater by Ceri Eagling

My Mother’s St Vith by Polly Brown

She Nearly Died by Anne Stewart


Antiphon issue 20 now live!

Antiphon issue 20  is now live!

Full contents below. Please enjoy some more readings!

Beachcomber by Richie McCaffery

From Heaven by Judith Taylor

Fitting In by Seth Crook


Act One
The Moon Illusion Robert Wrigley
Anatomy Ceridwen Hall
April in Myth Wren Tuatha
Partial Understanding Brian Johnstone
From heaven Judith Taylor
Acqua Alta Fiona Larkin
Philip Levine’s Good Ear Lisa Kelly

Act Two
Ferry Across New Year Chrissy Banks
Because of your problem, are you afraid
people may think you are intoxicated? Michael Albright
For the Traveler Tricia Knoll
Jealous Kim Bridgford
Our Evolution Luigi Coppola
She nearly died… Anne Stewart
Trying his art on laments Tony Williams
Catharsis Mary Makofske

Interval – Reviews
Kith, Jo Bell
The Fetch, Gregory Leadbetter
There Was and How Much There Was, Zeina Hashem Beck
This Changes Things, Claire Askew
Homing, Mary King
Brief Encounters:
Beautiful Day, JR Solonche
Small Disturbances, Isabel Bermudez
The Swell, Jess Mookherjee

Act Three
The Buzzard Anna Lewis
The Fernery Jane Frank
Take It Off the Mat Ellen Goldsmith
Compliment Ceridwen Hall
My Mother’s St. Vith Polly Brown
October Wake Jean L. Kreiling
Sinann Clifton Redmond
Beachcomber Richie McCaffery

Act Four
Ant Lion, Owlfly, Doodlebug Deborah Brown
Gold Leaves Kathy Gee
Missing Susan Roney-O’Brien
Transcendence Jac Shortland
On the Clifftop Petra White
Café Theater Ceri Eagling
Fitting In Seth Crook

Antiphon is delighted in this issue to feature the photography of Beth Kirkhart. Beth is a photographer who lives near Bee Caves, Texas with her husband and two children. She also works in environmental conservation. See more of her work on twitter, @Gilenlinn


Issue 20 – more readings

It’s a shaky world out there, as if someone had chopped off the table leg and left the few of us still talking sense to run to the far corner, use our weight to stop it toppling. So have some more poems to listen to, as a sign that people are still sitting down, concentrating, forming careful words, spreading some sort of order.

Trying His Art on Laments by Tony Williams

Gold Leaves by Kathy Gee

Ferry across New Year by Chrissy Banks


Readings from issue 20

Issue 20 is nearly ready to be launched on the world. Here is the first group of readings from the magazine. And take a look at the cover – isn’t it great? Many thanks to Beth Kirkhart for allowing us to use her images for this issue.

The Moon Illusion by Robert Wrigley

Our Evolution by Luigi Coppola

Philip Levine’s Good Ear by Lisa Kelly

The Fernery by Jane Frank